South African and the International Politics in sub-Saharan Africa

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The global network of super powers has claimed many regions through human security, political actions, and economic development. One of the largest landscapes is that of sub-Saharan Africa, in which 50 plus countries make up the geographical landscape (Library of Congress, 2010). In consideration of the long history of changing powers and the colonization of the different countries by Dutch, French, and British influences giving up power after WWII; the prospect of democracy for the sub-Saharan African countries is an ongoing battle (Braithwaite, 2014). South Africa is one example of political changes and the understanding of human security along with economic development.
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South African President Jacob Zuma has been accused of benefitting from taxpayers when his estate was renovated at an estimate cost of $25 million back in 2012. This caused protest and worker strikes to follow continuously resulting in dozens of deaths as a result of police clashes (Johannesburg, 2014).
Reports like this are common throughout the sub-Saharan African countries because of the examples left by years of pre-colonial control and influence of un-developed administration models (Herbst, 2000). The prospect of democracy in sub-Saharan African is ongoing with different organizations, such as that of “UN-sponsored Millennium Developed Goals,” which helps in mapping out troubled regions to assist in reversing poverty and discrimination using the power of local and global government parties (Harbeson & Rothchild, 2013). Influence and actions globally are recognized and pivotal to the change of thought as to the role of colonial rule. The 1960’s created a window to see change as the U.S. was establishing civil rights; it transcended to the African regions helping political leaders in the efforts to liberate Gana (Jazeera, 2012). Moreover, the international community has acted on African authoritarianism “Between 1990 and 1993 more than half of Africa's fifty-two governments responded to domestic and international pressures by holding competitive presidential or legislative elections” (Bratton, & Van de Walle,

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